Shar Hashamaim Synagogue
One of the few remaining testaments to Cairo’s once-thriving Jewish community, this art-nouveau-meets-ancient-Egypt synagogue is now...
A slightly more modern ahwa dedicated to the ‘Star of the Orient’, Umm Kolthum. Look for the huge busts of the singer out front....
This fast-food eatery is usually packed to the rafters with a constant stream of young Cairenes sampling its fresh and well-priced food....
off Sharia 26th of Jul, Downtown · interesting places nearby
The furthest on the ‘other end of the scale’ is Palmyra, a cavernous, dilapidated 1950s dancehall in an alley off Sharia 26th of July. It has a full Arab musical contingent, belly dancers who get (marginally) better the more money is thrown at them, and an occasional singer or acrobat. In addition to a cover charge of E£6, there’s a minimum of E£30, which basically covers a beer and a sheesha. It’s in a courtyard behind shopfronts; once back there, go under the marquee marked ‘Meame’ (they mean Miami). Palmyra is on the left after the hotel; Miami bar is at the end.